Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 review Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 review

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We love
Costs nothing, looks great and puts Nokia right back in the game
We hate
Facebook location seems a tad needless
A smart move by Espoo, proving that Ovi Maps is a worthy in-car satnav option
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Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03

Let’s get this clear from the get go. Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 is not your average “let’s do some road updates” satnav rejig. No sirree. This is Nokia’s new, all-out assault on Google Maps Navigation, giving you completely free access to its full-on turn-by-turn satnav system. What’s more, it’s had a complete overhaul, making it fresher, cooler and perfect for Nokia’s touchscreen titans. So how does it work in the wild? Read our Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 review and we’ll reveal all.

You can nab the Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 app now and slap it onto a number of Nokia GPS-friendly phones. We used our trusty old Nokia E72 and the results were impressive. There’s no doubting that the user interface has been made with Nok’s ever-growing lineup of touchscreen blowers in mind, although it works very well on regular cells too. It plays nice in portrait or landscape, making it every bit as good for when you’re taking a stroll or hooking it up in your motor.

While the taskbar is a handy way for you to sync info with your PC, as well as tinker with your preferences such as which maps you want and what sort of connection you’re using (Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 doesn’t need 3G to get going, just regular GPS), the main screen keeps things simple.

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It’s from here that Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 really comes into its own. The interface is far more intuitive than previous incarnations and zipping around maps is a much more straightforward and slick process than it was previously. Routing information is also notably quicker, delivering us results on how to get across London in mere seconds. That said, on a short route from London’s Centre Point to Covent Garden, it missed a one way road which would have got us from A to B far quicker, adding around 700 yards to our journey.

The addition of Share Location, telling people where you are via Facebook, is certainly clever, although this kind of access to your mates seem a tad gimmicky to us. More useful are the peerless Weather and Events app, delivering details on exactly what’s going on around you. Added access to extras such as ticket purchase via Events, continues to how why a satnav on your phone is every bit as worthwhile as a dedicated PND on your dash.

The look and feel of Nokia Ovi Maps 3.03 is brilliant. It compares well to Google Maps Navigation, on which it has jump here in Blighty. Now, Apple, it’s over to you. How about a free satnav iPhone app for starters?

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  • John Jones

    Nokia are not doing themselves any favours, giving this away to users of just ten of there handsets. Ok they may not be ready to start giving everybody this version of maps but to still be charging the other users, even those that are supposedly due to be included in the future is not making Nokia users very happy.
    Also claiming everything is free on there website, and only finding out its not after upgrading and finding its version 3.01 thats been installed (which is still chargeable to use) and not the 3.03 version. Why cant they just stop asking for payment for the other versions, after all its Nokia who are making the ‘free forever’ claims….when its not!

    • Ben Sillis

      Sorry to hear that John – in fairness I suspect half of it is simply power management, and the ability to render the new style graphics. Nokia has also been quite clear saying it’s free at the point of use, and that the cost is incorporated into the upfront price from now on.

  • Tobotron

    I’ve got this running on a 5230 wouldn’t update the older mapping software via PC but worked fine over gprs…its great however my local cinema is listed in 3 different places around town which is strange however it generally works really well and ever finds the shortcuts around town only the locals usually would know about.
    I downloads the maps as your on the go but great thing is it stores them on your memory card so you don’t repeatedly download the same information.

    Works fine out of 3g areas not a problem at all Edge is more than enough as the maps are pretty small downloads…

    All I have on Nokia to compare it to is Sygic but that COSTS and there pretty similar (although Sygic doesn’t require any data connection to work) how ever I’ve normally found the maps already buffered up by the time you hit a low/no signal area.

    On top of Nokia’s instant email system I don’t think Il ever get anything but Nokia now, a nice surprise, now lets either scrap Symbian or at least get some more decent apps for it Nokia!

  • cellphoneinn

    Interaction with the app itself was a bit sluggish, something that’s said to be fixed in version 3.0.4, also dubbed SR4. This version offers some serious performance improvements for tapping around the interface and also mixes in POI reviews from Qype. Qype is a sort of European version of Yelp with a similarly silly name, and while that doesn’t help we Americans much, we always did feel like something of an afterthought to Nokia anyway.

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